by Madeleine Roy

Catholic Character

The expectations of Lent

Most Catholics know what is expected and required of us during the Season of Lent. 

We talk about giving something up for Lent. We want to make Lent special. Most Catholics want Lent to be a spiritual experience, a truly life changing experience. 

We hope to approach Easter Sunday with hearts overflowing with love for God and a raised awareness and ardent appreciation of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us. In a way, we go into our own desert for 40 days as Jesus did. 

To have a full Lenten experience it’s necessary to know and follow The Three Pillars of Lent, Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.


God, in today’s busy world, it’s so easy to get distracted and off-course.

Please help me to keep my priorities in order, so I always give my most important priorities the time, attention, and devotion they deserve.

Please align my heart to Yours, so loving and following Your example, having Presence for all

Help me also love my friends and family well, and to be a good steward of the gifts and responsibilities You have placed in my life, without getting distracted by the things You have not.

Please give me a reminder when I need it God. Help me follow You.


Catholic Character hub is meeting weekly and preparing for the visit of the Catholic Youth Team to JPII on Friday 8th of April and Tuesday 12th April.

Confirmation candidates are meeting every week at School in preparation. This will take place on 18th May, Feast Day.

This Friday at 5.30pm the JPII community will lead Stations of the Cross at 5.30pm in the parish Church.

MS Pope

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